Keyboard Shortcut for moving tabbed files?



  • I quite often have more than 30 files open and when I need to open a new file NP++ opens it in a new tab at the far right (which is fine), but having files adjacent for some tasks is preferable. Dragging the new file to a different place in a long row of tabbed files can be bothersome, because the application gets hung up, and moves in a jerky way. Is there a keyboard shortcut for highlighting a particular tabbed file so that it can be moved with the keyboard then dropped, rather than with a mouse?



  • For sure, You can assign the shortcut you want in shortcut mapper ( Main menu panel) :

    • Move to Other View
    • Clone to Other View
    • Move to New Instance
    • Open in New Instance

    They will process the selected tab.

    Here is the XML config file of my configured shortcuts

        <!--Move to Other View - Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right -->
        <Shortcut id="10001" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="39" />
        <!--Clone to Other View -  -->
        <Shortcut id="10002" Ctrl="no" Alt="no" Shift="no" Key="0" />
        <!--Move to New Instance -  -->
        <Shortcut id="10003" Ctrl="no" Alt="no" Shift="no" Key="0" />
        <!--Open in New Instance -  -->
        <Shortcut id="10004" Ctrl="no" Alt="no" Shift="no" Key="0" />


  • @cmeriaux

    Good idea to have keyboard shortcuts for those…but I think the OP is trying to achieve tab movement via keyboard within the same view and instance.



  • @cmeriaux

    Thanks for the tip! Inspired by this I created two new macros, both tied to the Move to Other View command; one is tied to ctrl+shift+alt+left, the other is tied to ctrl+shift+alt+right. Although they both do the same thing, it is easier and feels more natural to have the arrow key be the one that points in the direction I want the tab to go. [Note that this implies I have my views arranged left-right instead of over-under.]


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